Healthy Desserts by Green Kitchen review

Healthy Desserts by Green Kitchen for iPhone and iPad review

Healthy Desserts by Green Kitchen is an iPhone and iPad app that features 48 desserts that use only natural sweeteners, healthy fats, and whole grains and fruits. The app is gorgeously designed and features mouthwatering photography that will make you dying to get in the kitchen to whip one of these up.

All of the recipes are displayed as photography in a grid. Tapping on one will bring up a gorgeous, full-screen, retina photograph and access to info about the item, the ingredients, and a step-by-step recipe.

The summary gives a description of the recipe, how long it will take, the number of portions, and mark whether it's raw, gluten free, began, whole grain, or uses natural sweeteners. In the ingredients lists, ingredient names are highlighted and when you tap them, a dictionary will appear with its definition.

Healthy Desserts is a universal app for iPhone and iPad and takes advantage of iCloud sync by keeping your favorites synced up between devices.

The good

  • Gorgeous photos
  • Good variety of cookies, bars, muffins and smoothies
  • 48 handpicked premium recipes
  • A seamless switch from US to metric units
  • Save your favorites so you can return to them quickly on any device
  • Estimated cooking time for each recipe
  • All recipes are marked if they are vegan, raw, gluten free, naturally sweetened or whole grain
  • Step by step cooking instructions, tap on a step to mark it as completed
  • Universal for iPhone and iPad
  • Favorites sync between devices with iCloud

The bad

  • Crashes somewhat frequently on iPhone
  • No built-in shopping list. Can only email a list of ingredients (which can then be pasted into another app).

The bottom line

Healthy Desserts is a gorgeous cookbook filled with not-so-bad-for-you dessert choices. The mouthwatering photos do a great job of convincing you that these healthier options are still a delicious choice over something worse for you.

Leanna Lofte

App and Photography Editor at iMore. Mother, wife, and math instructor. Follow her on Twitter @llofte and send her apps to consider for review at iosapps@imore.com

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BeyondtheTech says:

Really nice looking app. From a developer standpoint, I'm interested to see if it was made with any particular SDK, like Appcelerator or straight up Objective-C. Also more interested to know because of the con about it crashing a lot.

marthinfreij says:

Hi! I'm the developer behind Healthy Desserts and Green Kitchen. Thanks for the great feedback! Both apps are built in native Objective-C / Cocoa Touch backed by a Core Data SQLite store. Both the grid and the view controller paging (endless swipe between recipes) are custom built, but will probably be replaced by UICollectionView and UIPageViewController in upcoming releases. The crashes in Healthy Desserts are related to a memory issue where we load the iPad retina version of all recipe photos on iPhone. Yesterday we submitted a minor update that will use the low resolution version on iPhone instead. And don't worry, everything will still just look stunning because our low res photos have iPhone retina quality (684 x 748 px to be specific).

SockRolid says:

Beautiful. That's what a food-related app should look like.

Oh, and I love oranges. Great for dessert. YMMV.

NAMISH says:

A second food app review in a span of just a few days... what gives!!! trying to get us all fat?!
Looks good though. So far the best dessert app that I've tried is "James Martin's Food - Just Desserts". Probably the best 'coz all recipes that I've tried so far (to surprise my wife on separate occasions) have turned out deliciously good (and I'm a complete rookie when it comes to baking). And of course it doesn't hurt that that is available free of cost and most importantly for me (as I live in a country where 3G hasn't yet been introduced) all receipes/pictures are offline thus I don't have to wait for the crappy Edge/GPRS to kick in and download receipes and photos as most other apps do.
From the looks of it, this one might be an offline app too - apart from the cloud sync? (somehow a rarity for food apps that i've tried so far). Might give it a buy...

wscotchmer says:

48 desert recipes for $2.00. Not bad. Wonder if future updates to the app will include more recipes...

My wife is always telling me that I don't eat healthy enough and I have a bit of a sweet tooth. I'll suggest that she tries this out. Hopefully they turn out as good as they look!

shinuyuki says:

The price is worth the amount of time that went into this application. Very happy with the price. Not only does it tell you what kind of food is available, but tells you how to make them. Future updates should include more and more recipes and I'm definitely looking for a shopping list of sorts for this application.

rdstryr says:

My wife would love this app. She has us eating clean right now and it has been somewhat boring without some sweets.

PassOutPete says:

Behold everyone, the "Pinterest" of yummy desserts!

marthinfreij says:

Thanks for all the positive feedback! Just to make things clear; yes, we will add more recipes over time! Stay tuned!

AdrianGabeChen says:

Since I am on a working diet this is a great app. I can have my sweets

Damien D says:

app looks nice just don't want my fiance finding this... my junk food and bad for you desserts are gone ..lol

bamf-hacker says:

This is pretty cool especially since I eat healthy now.